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Over the last few years it has become more commonly accepted that acupuncture can be an effective way to combat infertility.
One of the main reasons that this has become more accepted is the simple fact that woman who have had troubles conceiving have been able to have a child using acupuncture as a treatment method.
Therefore, the proof is in the pudding so to speak, however, there is now an additional reason to believe that acupuncture may help treat infertility as a new research study is finding that it may in fact be indicated.
As part of the research an analysis on research literature was performed in order to collect all of the data that was available regarding infertility and acupuncture. It was found that most of the data seems to point towards acupuncture being an effective way to treat infertility in women.
In particular, researchers discovered that there are several acupuncture points that were shown to be especially effective in helping to increase fertility in patients.
After a careful analysis of the different fertility treatments there are four key acupuncture points that are effective located on the leg and abdomen. The points that demonstrated the most efficacy in clinical trials include the Zigong, Guanyuan, Sanyinjiao, and the Zhongji.
Those who practice acupuncture will not be surprised by the results as many of these points are commonly used for obstetric and gynecological imbalances therefore it would only be natural that they are indicated for treatment of infertility as well.
At the start of the summer you might have seen one of the many articles that discussed ice cream headaches and how they might be related to migraines.
The bad news is that this research study was actually misguided and it actually tells us nothing about migraines. At the same time, it does potentially identify a new research tool which at least could be helpful in the future.
For those who do not know the study asked 13 volunteers to drink a cold drink fast enough to get an ‘ice cream headache’ and then observed that the pain occurs when blood vessels expand and end once the blood vessels return to their normal size, or constrict. As you might guess, this does not have anything to do with migraines. It’s already an accepted fact that blood vessels in the brain will contract and expand during a migraine attack.
What is perhaps more notable though is the fact that most leading migraine researchers now stated that they do not think vascular activity is to blame for the onset of a migraine. In other words, the process may occur during an attack but is not actually the reason that an attack occurs.
The one up side of the study is that researchers did at least propose the idea of using brain freeze in the future for other studies and perhaps even to induce a migraine attack so that they can be studied. There are medical ways to induce a migraine, but there are some side effects that can distort data so perhaps this new method may be a bit more helpful for future research efforts.
New research is proving that when it comes to parenting having two parents instead of one almost always helps to increase adult brain cell production. As part of a study conducted by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary researchers took a look at adult brain cell production and found that early parental exposure might have a large role in determining production levels.
Scientists studied mouse pups that had single or dual parents in order to take a look at how adult cell production might actually be triggered earlier in life. They found that gender had a lot to do with an increase in adult brain cell production and also the number of parents that were present during the early years.
Female pups that had two parents were shown to have more white matter during adulthood which increases sociability and motor coordination. Male pups with both parents on the other hand had more grey matter as adults which is linked to better memory and learning.
Senior author of the study PhD Samuel Weiss stated that the results of their work prove that supportive experiences with parents while young can have a long lasting effect on the brain function of adults making the childhood years even more important for healthy development well into the later years.
Dual parenting was also found to be beneficial to the next generation of children as many of the benefits were observed in the next generation even if they only had one parent present in their lives. According to the scientists, this proves that the parenting environment plays a large role in the way that adult brain cells are produced.
Unfortunately, accidents in nurseries and schools are common, but that’s only natural. When children play together, there’s always the danger of them getting hurt. It’s all part of growing up and no one wants to wrap their children up in cotton wool.
However, in some cases personal injuries occur which could have been easily prevented. If your child has been injured at school and the accident was someone else’s fault then your child may be entitled to compensation.
The school environment
Some of the most typical cases that come to lawyers are focussed around the school building, grounds or equipment. You may have a claim if your child is made to use old or faulty equipment or furniture, like chairs or sports gear, where a fall results in an injury.
If your child trips and is injured due to badly maintained paving or receives a cut from broken glass, these are hazards that should have been taken care of by the school. The fact that these dangers were left unresolved means you could be entitled to a claim. The presence of asbestos at a child’s school can also make you entitled to a claim, if your child develops any kind of illness as a result of it.
But it’s not just the school itself that can pose a danger to children, but also the irresponsibility of staff. For instance, if a teacher requires your child to carry something that’s too heavy for them without the proper instruction or equipment, then any injury to back muscles or anything else could mean your child is entitled to a claim. The same goes with the kitchen staff, if a school meal results in any kind of serious food poisoning.
It might also be possible to make a claim over an assault or attack, though it’s best to speak to a lawyer first for more information on this. Some of these cases might be a playing accident or, if it’s more serious, it might be a police matter. If you feel an attack warrants a claim, then contact a lawyer or firm that specialise in this area.
Finding a lawyer
Like with any injury case, it’s best to find yourself a Medical Lawyer. Making a claim can be a very difficult and taxing process, requiring a period of inquiry along with the civil claim. No one likes to be left in the dark, which is why you want a specialist in the field. They will provide you with patience, understanding and explanations in plain English, so you can fully grasp the process you’re going through, making things a whole lot easier.
Latest figures show that over 19,000 children are injured on Britain’s roads each year, with about 2.5 thousand young people killed. As shocking as these figures are, the number of children killed in road accidents has actually fallen by 4 per cent.
The UK Government has advertising campaigns on television warning children of the dangers of the road. New initiatives such as speed awareness courses are now also available to teach drivers the difference reduced speed makes in increasing the chances of both children and adults surviving a collision.
However, parents are in the best position to teach children how best to navigate Britain’s roads safely, but the question is: where do we start with our kids?
Good habits begin early
Before your kids are close to walking the streets by themselves get them familiar with how to cross the road. The best way to teach is by example. So, when you next take you little ones to the park, involve them in the process of crossing safely by using the following steps:
- Take them by the hand when you near the road
- Point out that you’re stopping at a proper crossing together
- Make a point of looking both ways together
- Clearly identify cars and other vehicles as they approach
- Declare together when it is safe to cross
- Cross slowly while still holding hands and do NOT run
By following this simple checklist clearly and consistently, your kids will quickly learn how to cope with the traffic conditions at this familiar crossing.
Variety is the spice of life
As they grow older and familiar with their regular crossing, try new routes and various destinations. It’s important to point out the differences you’ll encounter and make children understand why they need to be more careful in different situations, by looking at the following factors:
- Traffic congestion
- Speed of the traffic flow
- Type of crossings available
- Distance and timing
- When to be extra-cautious
Despite the lack of familiarity younger children have with the road, they are usually under adult supervision when encountering the real thing. It’s actually older, teenaged children with freedom to explore the roads who are at more risk of being involved in a road accident.
No matter how much these youngsters assure you they know what they’re doing, it only takes a moment of distraction for them to be involved in an accident. Always make sure they are aware of the dangers and listen to what they tell you of their experiences when travelling the streets.
If the unthinkable does happen and your offspring is involved in a road traffic accident, remember there is help at hand. Medical Claims experts are available to give you advice on how to cope with this type of unexpected crisis.
It is really easy to start to think that you are ‘messing up’ as a parent. After all, with so many parenting articles on the web that are supposed to be educational that explain how parents mess their children up and are doing everything wrong it can be easy to start to get a bit down.
However, if you take a close look at authors you will discover that many times these articles are not written by anything close to an expert and should be avoided for your own sake. The following are a few myths when it comes to parenting.
The first myth is that if they repeat a ‘bad’ word you must be a horrible parent. The thing is that nearly every parent is going to have one moment where their child repeats a word they say. It is simply natural that kids are always going to hear you the one time you do not want them too, even though they will manage to miss hearing you tell them to clean up every time. It’s just not worth getting that upset over.
Next up on the list is the idea that you chose to purchase something second-hand for your children. The way children grow out of clothes in just a few months makes it hard to want to buy everything brand new, and there is no shame in heading to a second hand store.
The more you spread around the more your children will be able to have which makes you an excellent parent instead of one that is being cheap all of the time. Anything that can be washed is up for grabs second hand.
Methysergide is a migraine drug that is used primarily to treat vascular constriction in the head therefore helping to reduce the severity of headaches although it is not known exactly how the drug works. It is thought that methysergide helps to narrow the arteries and veins that deliver blood to the brain helping to relieve painful side effects of migraines.
Each dose is should be taken with a full glass of water or with milk to prevent upsetting your stomach. It is a highly effective drug that cannot be taken for longer than six months at which point it cannot be used for a three to four week period.
For some people methysergide can cause serious side effects that need to be addressed immediately by a doctor. If you experience chest pain, leg cramps, hip pain, coldness, shortness of breath, pain in the extremities, or numbness it is important to notify a doctor.
Due to the strong nature of the drug, it should not be used or should be used in small doses with a doctor’s supervision in those that have arteriosclerosis, heart disease, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure, liver disease, infection, collagen disease or any type of lung disease.
Methysergide can cause side effects such as rebound headache if it is abruptly stopper, therefore the dosage should be slowly lowered when treatment comes to an end. It should be stored at room temperature and kept away from heat and moisture.
It should not be used in those that are pregnant or breastfeeding as it can cause birth defects and cause a newborn infant to vomit as it passes through the breast milk.
Some people report weight gain with regular doses of methysergide so it is important to maintain a healthy exercise plan and diet while taking the drug in order to prevent unhealthy weight gain.
Have you ever heard of a condition called ‘brain-freeze’? We usually experience it first as a child when having a bite of ice-cream causes your head to start hurting, think blood-rush in the head. This phenomenon has puzzled scientists for a long time; what is it that triggers headaches after drinking icy cold water or eating icy cold food like ice-cream?
Recent research shows that drinking ice-cold fluid or eating ice-cold food can cause headaches and migraines, which allows hope for new solutions in treatment of migraine and other headaches. Reports from one of significant American conferences claimed that headaches are also a difficult subject to research because of the unpredictability of the seizures.
A head freeze is easily triggered and can hence be researched in laboratory conditions as a whole process. A United States research team from Harvard School of Medicine conducted an experiment by monitoring the blood-flow to the brain while their subjects were drinking either icy water or luke-warm water. People used straws for drinking, so that the liquid was affecting the mouth-roof. The subjects reported changes such as start of headaches and when the pain was relieved.
The research concluded that the headaches were triggered by simultaneous opening of the anterior cerebral artery that flooded the brain with blood. Both events seemed to coincide.
When the artery returned to its normal functioning, the headaches were gone, as was reported at the Conference on Experimental Biology, while one of Harvard researchers, Jorge Serrador, comments that this could be a self-preserving technique that the body uses to keep the brain warm and operative as long as possible as to increase the chances of survival in extreme conditions.
Hopefully the findings of this research can help with the development of new techniques in migraine and headaches treatment.
Liverpool Law firm Maxwell Hodge is warning firms that many are leaving themselves open to legal action from women that have or will face discrimination after they announce that they have become pregnant.
Employment lawyer for Maxwell Hodge, Heather Grant, supported the claim by citing research that came from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that found that even before the recession took place about 30,000 women are estimated to have lost their jobs as a result of getting pregnant.
Grant went on to say that since the recession occurred the numbers have increased even more significantly. She went on to say that there are many different cases in which women are fired while they are away on their maternity leave or they attempt to return only to find that they have been replaced by colleagues that were their maternity cover. In addition, some women return to work but find out their job has been altered greatly since they left and they no longer have the same responsibilities at work.
Slater and Gordon law firm commissioned a separate study in the last few months and discovered that about one out of every seven mothers in the survey had lost their job while they were out on maternity leave. Half of the mothers in the survey reported that their working hours were cut back when they returned or they were demoted and another forty percent stated that their job duties had been altered.
According to Grant, as the economic climate gets even tougher businesses are going to continue the trend of being tougher with the staff showing little understanding to absent employees even if they are new mothers or those who are on maternity leave. While the law states that this type of discrimination is illegal, Grant stated that many mothers simply do not have the time or resources to take proper legal action.
Many people are tending to wait longer to get married and when paired with the many advances in fertility treatment many people are now waiting until they are older to have children. However, middle aged parents may not have thought there all of what they are getting themselves into when they decide to have children.
Economically, there are some real benefits to waiting to have children when you are older. For instance, older parents tend to be much more financially stable than others and in addition usually have taken care of credit card debt from their college years as well as their student loans. In addition, they also usually have a home and already have money set up for emergencies and retirement.
However, waiting to have children also means that while your friends are enjoying their empty nests you will be paying tuition and textbook bills. Plus, since many adult children are now coming back home once they graduate this also means that kids may still be at home for you when you are ready to collect Social Security.
In fact, the largest problem for parents that wait longer t